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2013 News & Events

2013 IMOM

The 2013 Iowa Mission of Mercy (IMOM), sponsored by the Iowa Dental Association, was held October 18-19, 2013, in the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

11/15/2013

imom 2013The 2013 Iowa Mission of Mercy (IMOM), sponsored by the Iowa Dental Association, was held October 18-19, 2013, in the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. This year, more than 1,400 patients were treated, 2,250 extractions were performed, and $1 million in donated care was provided.

There were approximately 183 volunteers from the College of Dentistry, including 157 dental student, 12 residents, 9 faculty, and 5 staff members.

Zack Goettsche

Zack Goettsche (D2) and Nicole Major (D3) attended the 19th Hinman Student research Symposium in Memphis, Tennessee.

11/15/2013

Zack Goettsche (D2) and Nicole Major (D3) attended the 19th Hinman Student Research Symposium on October 25-27, 2013, in Memphis, TN. The symposium is cosponsored by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Collegeof Dentistry and the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society. The symposium is supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, ADEAGies Foundation, Procter & Gamble Co., and the Tennessee Dental Association Foundation.

Zack’s abstract was titled “In Vitro Assessment of Three Dentifrices Containing Fluoride in Preventing remineralization of Overdenture Abutments and Root Surfaces.” Dr. Ronald Ettinger, Department of Prosthodontics and Dows, is Zack’s mentor.

Nicole presented “Community-Based Dental Education and Clinical Performance Among Fourth-Year Dental Students.” Dr. Michelle McQuistan, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry, is her mentor.

Satheesh Elangovan

A lead research article led by Drs. Satheesh Elangovan and Aliasger Salem has received press reviews from Discovery News.

11/15/2013

bio patch used to regenerate bone A lead research article led by Drs. Satheesh Elangovan and Aliasger Salem has received press reviews from Discovery News (Discovery.com), Iowa Now, and Medical Daily. The collaborative study between the Colleges of Dentistry and Pharmacy was recently accepted for the journal Biomaterials. The article, “The enhancement of bone regeneration by gene activated matrix encoding for platelet derived growth factor,” will be available in the January 2014 issue of Biomaterials [35(2), Jan 2014, p. 737-747]. It is currently available for early bird viewing and is listed in the top five of all articles ranked for attention, according to Biomaterials.

The article describes a non-viral gene delivery system called gene activated matrix (GAM) to enhance bone regeneration. The active ingredient is the DNA encoding growth factor called “platelet derived growth factor (PDGF).” When GAM encoding PDGF-B was implanted into bony defects in rats, enhanced bone regeneration was observed. Drs. Elangovan (Periodontics) and Salem (Pharmacy) report there is huge clinical potential for this non-viral gene delivery strategy, both in dentistry and orthopedics, because of its potential cost-effectiveness compared to protein therapeutics. Ms. Sheetal D’Mello, a doctoral candidate in the College of Pharmacy, performed the experiments. Co-investigators include Drs. Liu Hong (Dows and Prosthodontics), Deborah Dawson (Biostatistics and Pediatric Dentistry), D. Rick Sumner and Ryan Ross (Rush Medical, IL), Clark Stanford (Dows and Prosthodontics), and Georgia Johnson (DEO, Periodontics).

Veerasathpurush Allareddy

Dr. Veerasathpurush Allareddy, Department of Orthodontics, will receive two Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) scientific awards.

11/15/2013

Dr. Veerasathpurush Allareddy, Department of Orthodontics, will receive two Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) scientific awards. The organization will hold their 43rd Critical Care Congress January 9-13, 2014, in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Allareddy and other awardees will be recognized during a ceremony on Sunday, January 12, 2014. He will receive the two awards for the following studies:

Outcomes of Bone Marrow Transplant Patients with Acute Respiratory Failure Requiring Mechanical Ventilation.

Pediatric Fatalities at 30,000 Feet: Characterizing Pediatric Deaths on Commercial Airline Flights.

Dr. Allareddy will receive a monetary award of $750.

Fields, Henry

Dr. Henry Fields (DDS '73, MS pediatric dentistry '75) has received the Vig-Williams Endowed Chair at the Ohio State University College of Dentistry.

11/15/2013

Dr. Henry Fields (DDS '73, MS pediatric dentistry '75), is the first Vig-Williams Endowed Chair at the Ohio State University College of Dentistry. The $1.6 million endowment will provide support for Dr. Fields and represents one of the highest honors a faculty can receive.

Dr. Fields, who is a former dental dean at OSU and current director of the orthodontic graduate program, was recently chosen by the University of Iowa Dental Alumni Association and the College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics as the 2013 Educator of the Year. In 2010, he received the Ohio Dental Association's (ODA) Distinguished Dentist Award, which is the highest honor given by the ODA.

Jonathan Shenkin

Dr. Jonathan Shenkin (pediatric dentistry certificate '03) has been elected second vice president of the ADA.

11/15/2013

Dr. Jonathan Shenkin, who received a pediatric dentistry certificate from Iowa in 2003, has been elected second vice president of the American Dental Association (ADA). He has been an ADA member for 21 years and is past chair of the ADA Council on communications. He has also served as a consultant for the ADA Council on Access, Prevention, and Interprofessional Relations. Dr. Shenkin is past president of the Maine Dental Association.

American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter

The College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics was recently awarded the Merit Award of Excellence by the American Institute of Architects, Iowa chapter.

11/01/2013

AIA AwardThe UI College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics was recently awarded the Merit Award of Excellence by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Iowa chapter. There were a total of 74 submissions and only 8 were awarded. The firm INVISION Architecture designed the west addition of the dental college.

The jury, composed of three New York City architects, described the new College of Dentistry's addition as having "attention to materiality, and careful detailing that conveyed a warmth and delicateness no necessarily native to cast concrete structures."

Evanthia Anadioti

Dr. Evanthia Anatioti (prosthodontics certificate and M.S., oral sciences, '13) wins first place in the John J. Sharry Student Research Competition.

10/21/2013

Dr. Evanthia Anadioti (certificate in prothodontics and M.S. in oral sciences '13) won the first place award in the John J. Sharry Student Research Competition at the 2013 American College of Prosthodontists Annual Session in Las Vegas. Dr. Anadioti's presentation was entitled "3D and 2D Marginal Fit of Pressed and CAD/CAM Lithium Disilicate Crowns Made from Digital and Conventional Impressions and was completed as part of her M.S. thesis. Dr. Steven Acquilino, Department of Prosthodontics, was Dr. Anadioti's thesis advisor; her committee included Drs. David Gratton, Julie Holloway, and Isabelle Denry, all Department of Prosthodontics; Dr. Geb Thomas, College of Engineering; and Dr. Fang Qian, College of Dentistry Biostatistics Unit.

Dr. Anadioti is currently completing an implant surgical fellowship at the University of North Carolina. She is one of seventeen students Dr. Aquilino has mentored who were recognized in a national prosthodontic research competition. Dr. Anadioti is also the tenth student of Dr. Aquilino to win a first place award.

Satheesh Elangovan

Dr. Satish Elangovan receives the AAP Foundation Sunstar Research Fellowship for basic science.

10/21/2013

Dr. Satheesh Elangovan, Department of Periodontics, received the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) Foundation Sunstar Research Fellowship for basic science at the AAP Foundation Signature Recognition Event held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art during the recent annual AAP meeting. Dr. Ronald Tarrson, president of the AAP Foundation, presented the inaugural award to Dr. Elangovan at the awards ceremony on September 29, 2013. The $50,000 award will support his research proposal, "Sequential Delivery of Non-Viral Vectors for Enhanced Bone Regeneration."

Full-time, board-certified periodontal educators who are engaged in periodontal research are eligible to apply for the $50,000 competitive award, which is designed to assist faculty members in debt relief and advance the specialty through cutting-edge research. The AAP Foundation's primary goal is to retain promising young faculty in periodontics academics.

Christopher Squier

Dr. Christopher Squier gives presentation at the World Congress on Preventive Dentistry.

10/21/2013

Dr. Christopher Squier, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology, and Medicine, and Dows, attended the World Congress on Preventive Dentistry, which was held in Budapest, Hungary, October 12. He presented "The Role of the Dental Team in Oral Cancer Prevention -- Assisting Your Patients with Smoking Prevention and Cessation." Dr. Squier's talk addressed the high rates of smoking in Hungary (one of the highest rates in European economic community (ECC), with nearly one third of adult Hungarians smoking regularly and 30,000 dying prematurely from tobacco use.

Dr. Squier discussed tobacco cessation methods including having patients assisted by dental teams who focus on a brief intervention involving the three As and one R (ask, advise, assess, refer to a quitline or cessation program); utilizing the benefits of pharmacotherapy; and implementing motivational interviewing as well as behavioral support. Dr. Squier noted that recent findings show that training health professionals results in a measurable improvement in smoking cessation among their patients.

Articulators Purchased

The Iowa American Student Dental Association (IASDA) purchases 20 articulators as a result of a 2012 IASDA survey.

10/21/2013

As a result of a survey conducted last year by the Iowa American Student Dental Association (IASDA), the College of Dentistry's students identified the need for more articulators. Twenty articulators were purchased with $10,000 of leftover money from a former IASDA book store account, and the College of Dentistry matched the contribution with an additional 20 articulators. The newly purchased articulators have been engraved and delivered to the College of Dentistry's second floor dispensary.

Homecoming Float

Several dental students participate in the 2013 UI Homecoming Parade.

10/11/2013

homecoming 2013The following students participated in the 2013 UI Homecoming Parade: Adam Shroyer (D3) and family; Diana Pickard (D3); Nicholas Luke (D2); Danielle Meirick (D2); Megan Penticoff (D2); Courtney Bohn (D2); Jessica Gradoville (D2); Josh Doyle (D2); Kaisha Brown (D2); Mackenzie Colbert (D2); Adam Halbur (D2); Eric Recker (D1); Reid (Austin) Imerman (D2); Katie Arp (D2); Adam Holton (D3); Abbie Bagenstos (D4); Matthew Wettach (D2); Callie Espanto, an undergraduate who is a College of Dentistry greeter; Kathryn Cook (D4); Kathryn Connell (D4); Lauren Harvey (D4); and Mack, a puppy belonging to Nick Luke (D2).

The dental students handed out toothbrushes, toothpaste, and College of Dentistry tooth-shaped magnets.

The following members of the Morale Committee put the Homecoming float together: Kathryn Cook (D4), Abbie Bagenstos (D4), Katie Arp (D2), Matthew Wettach (D2), Nicholas Luke (D2), Erica Recker (D1), and Kaisha Brown (D2).

Sadly, by the end of the Homecoming game, Iowa Hawkeye fans had to brace themselves for defeat when Michigan State beat the Hawks 26-14.

Ronald Ettinger

Dr. Ronald Ettinger was a keynote speaker at the Third International Symposium on Geriatric Dentistry.

10/11/2013

Dr. Ronald Ettinger, Department of Prosthodontics and Dows, recently attended the Third International Symposium on Geriatric Dentistry in Talca, Chile.

On September 30, Dr. Ettinger gave the two-hour keynote address, "30 Years of a Teaching Service Geriatric Dentistry Program: What Works, What Doesn't."

Dr. Ettinger presented a one-hour lecture, "Care and Management of the Frail Older Adult in the Private Dental Office," on October 1.

Dr. Ettinger also presented a one-hour lecture for senior dental students and graduate students, "Meeting Oral Health Needs to Promote the Well-Being of the Geriatric Population" on October 2.

On October 3, he participated in a two-hour discussion with the Gerodontology Research Group and the faculty of the clinical specialty in geodontology at the University of Talca. The multi-disciplinary group, which included nursing and psychiatry, looked at issues such as the development of geriatric dentistry as a specialty and discussed what remains to be accomplished to establish the specialty.

Dr. Ettinger reviewed published geriatric curricula from around the world on October 4. A symposium on possible research issues in geriatric dentistry followed.

Clark Stanford

Dr. Clark Stanford, associate dean for research, traveled to Finland and Italy in September to give presentations and attend a workshop.

10/08/2013

Dr. Clark Stanford, associate dean for research, traveled to Finland and Italy in September to give presentations and attend a workshop. On September 17, Dr. Stanford presented "Health Technology Assessment for Management of Craniofacial Anomalies" at the University of Turku in Laskut, Finland.

Dr. Stanford presented "Advanced Care Strategies for Patients with Congenital Oligodontia" on September 19 during the International College of Prosthodontists (ICP) biannual meeting in Turin, Italy.

In Seili Island, Finland, Dr. Stanford also attended a workshop as a member of the ORONet Research group on development of new innovative patient-specific outcome measures. This was a continuation of a collaboration that resulted in five published papers.

On Friday, October 4, Dr. Stanford met with the American Dental Association (ADA) Board of Trustees, the ADA executive director, the ADA presidents and president-elect, and the Academy of Osseointegration (AO) president. He also gave a presentation entitled "Current Best Evidence for Management of Edentulous Maxilla" during the Academy of Osseointegration's 2014 Summit.

Kim Brogden

Dr. Kim Brogden, Department of Periodontics and Dows, gave an invited presentation at the 3rd International Meeting on Antimicrobial Peptides (IMAP 2013), which was held in London, UK.

10/04/2013

Dr. Kim Brogden, Department of Periodontics and Dows, gave an invited presentation at the 3rd International Meeting on Antimicrobial Peptides (IMAP 2013), which was held in London, UK, in September. His talk was "HBD3 Regulated Chemokine and Cytokine Responses." The meeting was held in Burlington House, the London Headquarters of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Christopher Barwacz

Dr. Christopher Barwacz, Craniofacial Clinical Research Center and Department of Prosthodontics, has received a two-year $30,000 Dentsply IH AB grant.

10/04/2013

Dr. Christopher Barwacz, Craniofacial Clinical Research Center and Department of Prosthodontics, has received a two-year $30,000 Dentsply IH AB grant to support a prospective, randomized clinical trial, "Peri-Implant Mucosa Dynamics Around Divergent and Concave Atlantis Abutment Transition Profiles."

The study's goal is to investigate the influence that experimental concavities in the transmucosal transition zone of Atlantic abutments has on the facial peri-implant soft tissue.

Co-investigators include Dr. Gustavo Avila-Ortiz, Department of Periodontics and Dr. Clark Stanford, Dows and Department of Prosthodontics.

Dr. Henry Fields

Dr. Henry Fields, Jr. received the 2013 Educator of the Year Award.

10/03/2013

Dr. Henry Fields, Jr. (DDS '73, MS '75) received the University of Iowa Alumni Association and College of Dentistry's 2013 Educator of the Year Award. Dr. Fields began teaching at the University of North Carolina then later was dean for ten years at Ohio State University's (OSU) College of Dentistry while continuing to teach and do research, particularly in the areas of clinical outcomes and diagnostic systems. Currently he is professor in the OSU Division of Orthodontics and is also the division chair and chief of the Nationwide Children's Hospital Section of Orthodontics, Department of Dentistry.

Dr. Fields has contributed more than 90 peer-reviewed publications and two textbooks in multiple editions. He has also served the Ohio Dental Association as president and the ADA as a vice chair of the Commission of Dental Accreditation, a site visitor, a National Board test writer, and is currently serving as chair of the Council on Governmental Affairs.

In 2010, Dr. Fields received the Ohio Distinguished Dentist Award from the Ohio Dental Association and the OSU College of Dentistry's Fields Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research, which was established by Henry, his wife, and his parents). He received the Pierre Fauchard Society's Distinguished Dentist Award in 2003 and the UI Pediatric Dentistry Alumnus of the Year in 2001.

Dr. LeRoy Strohman

Dr. LeRoy Strohman (DDS '58, Pedodontics Certificate '59) received the 2013 Alumnus of the Year Award from the UI Alumni Association and the College of Dentistry.

10/03/2013

Dr. LeRoy Strohman (DDS '58, Pedodontics Certificate '59) has received the 2013 Alumnus of the Year Award from the UI College of Dentistry and the UI Alumni Association.

Dr. Strohman practiced dentistry in Algona, Iowa, from 1960-2003. He was also active in the Iowa Dental Association (IDA) and was president of the IDA from 1981-1982. In 2001, he was the guest of honor at the annual session of the IDA and in 2004, he received the organization's Distinguished Service Award. Other honors have included the University of Iowa proclaiming him Dad of the Year in 1983. He was chairperson of the Iowa Chapter of the American College of Dentists from 1988-1989, a past president of the Algona Rotary Club, and a charter member of the Iowa Board of Directors of Delta Dental of Iowa. In 2008, the Pierre Fauchard Academy named him Dentist of the Year. In 1996, Governor Branstad asked him to serve on the Iowa State Board of Dental Examiners; Dr. Stohrman was elected chairman from 2001-2003. In 2011, Governor Branstad also appointed him to the Iowa Board of Nursing.

Rhys B. Jones

Dr. Rhys B. Jones was posthumously honored as a recipient of the 2013 Educator of the Year Award.

09/30/2013

Dr. Rhys B. Jones (DDS '73; MS, dental public health '81), a former adjunct professor in the Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry, was posthumously recognized as the Educator of the Year for 2013 by the University of Iowa Dental Alumni Association and the College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics.

Dr. Jones was the first director of St. Luke's Dental Health Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, which provides dental care to low-income children and adults with disabilities. Since its inception, the clinic has served more than 22,000 new patients. Its prevention and early outreach program has resulted in more than 78,000 dental screenings for area children as well as children and adults with disabilities. He served as a director for a total of 27 years between 1976-1985 and 1990-2012.

Dr. Jones received national, state, and local recognition for the Dental Health Center's program of dental treatment and prevention, including the American Dental Association CAPIR Recognition Award, the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors Distinguished Service Award, and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry Special Merit Award.

Dr. Jones was a past president of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AARPHD) and was elected as a member of its executive council from 1986-1991. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Oral Health America from 1997-2002. Among his professional appointments, he served as a consultant to the U.S. Surgeon General's Dental Advisory Committee, the National Cancer Institute's Ad-Hoc Committee to Develop Tobacco Intervention for Dentistry, and the U.S. Public Health Service's Division of Health Services Delivery, Region V.

Dr. Rhys Jones passed away in 2012.

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Dr. Raymond Kuthy has been awarded a three-year Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant for $1,364,993. 

09/27/2013

Dr. Raymond Kuthy, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry, was recently awarded a three-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in the amount of $1,364,993. Dr. Kuthy is project director and Dr. Susan McKernan, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry, is co-director of the project. Deb Hoyle, Office of Iowa Practice Opportunities, and Kevin Sellers, Technology and Media Services, will also participate in this grant.

The goal of the project is to improve statewide efforts to recruit and retain dental providers to underserved communities through increased collaboration among state stakeholders, supported by data-based workforce evaluation and assessment. The project will build on existing state workforce activities with increased collaborative efforts between partners at the UI College of Dentistry, the Iowa Department of Public Health's Bureau of Oral and Health Delivery Systems, the Office of Iowa Practice Opportunities, and the Iowa Primary Care Association.

Ali Pourian

Dr. Ali Pourian, chief resident in oral and maxillofacial radiology, has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the AAOMR Howard R. Raper Award.

09/06/2013

Dr. Ali Pourian, chief resident in oral and maxillofacial radiology, has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (AAOMR) Howard R. Raper Award. The award recognizes a promising graduate student who demonstrates an interest in oral and maxillofacial radiology and intends to pursue a career in academia. A monetary award of $1,000 is given to help the student's academic pursuits.

The Raper Award is named after Dr. Howard Riley Raper, who was a 1906 graduate of what is now called the Indiana University School of Dentistry. Dr. Raper was the first dental faculty to introduce radiology in a dental school clinic in 1909 and also the first dental faculty to add radiology to the dental school curriculum. Indiana University established the award with the cooperation of the Academy; Dentsply/Rinn is a co-sponsor.

SquierLevy

The College of Dentistry has been awarded a $1.6 million NIDCR institutional training grant.

09/06/2013

The College of Dentistry has been awarded a $1.6 million five-year institutional training grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). The award will support PhD or postdoctoral research training of five dentists and non-dentists each year and represents the continuation of a training program that has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1985 when Dr. Christopher Squier, Dows dental research and oral pathology, radiology and medicine, and the College of Dentistry became one of only eight U.S. dental schools to receive NIH funding for a Dentist-Scientist program.

"What is notable about this award," says Dr. Christopher Squier, the program's director, "is that for the first time we will be able to support graduate research training of a foreign dentist. This is an important benefit when U.S. dental schools are increasingly appointing faculty from abroad."

Dr. Steve Levy, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry, is the associate director.

The grant represents an interdisciplinary effort involving almost forty faculty mentors from the UI College of Dentistry, Medicine, Public Health, Pharmacy, Engineering, and Liberal Arts and Sciences. Training will be available in the areas of biomaterials and tissue engineering, craniofacial biology, cariology, microbiology, epidemiology, behavioral research and health policy, and mucosal diseases.

Over the past three decades, many training grant recipients have become leaders in research and academia. Some of the past trainees include Dr. Clark Stanford who is currently associate dean for research at the UI College of Dentistry; Dr. Steven Armstrong, head of the UI department of operative dentistry; and Dr. Rebecca Slayton, former head of the UI department of pediatric dentistry and currently director of The Center for Pediatric Dentistry and chair of the department of pediatric dentistry at the University of Washington. Other graduates of the training programs are in academic position at the University of Pittsburgh (PA), Regents University College of Dental Medicine (Augusta, GA), University of Alabama School of Dentistry (Birmingham), and Northwestern University (Chicago, IL).

"The distinguished careers of these individuals show the value for academic dentistry of a long-term investment in training and the threat that the current cuts in the NIH training budget pose to dental academics," says Dr. Squier.

Tad Mabry

Dr. Tad Mabry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, received the 2012-2013 College of Dentistry's Collegiate Teaching Award, the college's highest honor recognizing excellence in teaching.

08/06/2013

Dr. Tad Mabry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, has received the 2012-2013 College of Dentistry's Collegiate Teaching Award, the college's highest honor recognizing excellence in teaching.

During the past few years, Dr. Mabry has been the pre-doctoral director. As course director for the D3 Pediatric Dentistry seminar and clinic courses, he has continually modified and improved the coursework in response to comments from students. An innovative approach that former faculty Dr. Cynthia Christensen developed, and which was expanded by Dr. Mabry, was creating self-directed teaching modules. When dental patients fail to show up for their appointments, dental students can devote their extra time to going through modules.

Dr. Mabry's clinical teaching includes both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students. He has developed a number of objective structure clinical examinations (OSCE) to assess students' clinical knowledge. He also routinely supervises residents during their treatment of patients in the operating room under general anesthesia.

In 2010, he completed an MS in collegiate scholarship and services. In 2012, Dr. Mabry received the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) Master Clinician Scholarship to attend the Institute for Teaching and Learning.

Ghadeer Thalji

Dr. Ghadeer Thalji, Department of Prosthodontics, will become the new prosthodontics graduate program director on August 26, 2013.

08/06/2013

Dr. Ghadeer Thalji, Department of Prosthodontics, will begin as the new prosthodontics graduate program director on August 26, 2013. Dr. Thalji received her certificate in prosthodontics and PhD at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She arrived in Iowa City last November as an assistant professor and will be taking over the graduate program from Dr. Holloway who has been both program director and DEO since September 2011.

Satheesh Elangovan

Dr. Satheesh Elangovan, Department of Periodontics, has been selected as the winner of the AAP Foundation's 2013 Sunstar Fellowship.

08/06/2013

Dr. Satheesh Elangovan, Department of Periodontics, has been selected as the winner of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) Foundation's 2013 Sunstar Fellowship. His fellowship includes $50,000 for his research project, "Sequential Delivery of Non-Viral Vectors for Enhanced Bone Regeneration." Dr. Elangovan will be honored at the September AAP Foundation Signature Recognition Event and Awards Ceremony.

Gustavo Avila-Ortiz

The Department of Periodontics is offering an individualized program for dentists and dental specialists. Dr. Gustavo Avila-Ortiz will be the mentor for the program.

07/12/2013

The Department of Periodontics is now offering an individualized professional development program for dentists and dental specialists. The main objective of the UI Visiting Scholar Professional Development Program in Periodontics is to provide an outstanding and customized professional experience for dentists or dental specialists who are interested in advancing their knowledge in periodontics and oral implantology. Individuals participating in this program will have the opportunity to attend periodontal seminars and lectures, observe periodontal faculty membeers and/or residents in a clinical setting, and participate in research-related activities. They will not have patient care responsibilities. Participants may pursue either a six-month or a twelve-month program and receive continuing education credit for their participation.

Dr. Juan Gonzalez de Buitrago Garcia (above, left) is the first participant in this new program. He earned his DDS from the Unviersity of Grenada (Spain) in 2008. He later initiated his doctorate studies in the same institution, which he combined with part-time private practice work. He also completed a periodontics expert course with Dr. Mariano Sanz at the University Complutense of Madrid in 2010. His research interests are in the area of periodontal and alveolar bone regeneration.

Dr. Gustavo Avila, Department of Periodontics, will serve as the mentor for this program.

Christopher Squier

Dr. Christopher Squier, Dows and Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, gave a presentation during his visit to the Asian Institute for Medical Science and Technology in Kedah, Malaysia.

07/11/2013

Dr. Christopher Squier, Dows and Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, gave a presentation, "The Role of the Dental Profession in Tobacco Cessation and Control in Malaysia," during his visit to the Asian Institute for Medical Science and Technology in Kadah, Malaysia. The dean of the dental faculty at the institute presented Dr. Squier with a plaque to thank him for his visit and presentation.

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Cathy Skotowski and Gayle Gilbaugh, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, have received a $15,000 Philips Sonicare grant from the National Children's Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF).

07/03/2013

The Department of Pediatric Dentistry recently received a $15,000 Philips Sonicare grant towards its community outreach and dental care programs from the National Children's Oral health Foundation (NCOHF). The mission of the NCOHF is to eliminate pediatric oral disease and promote overall health and well being for millions of children from vulnerable populations. The organization NCOHF is a comprehensive resource provider for non-profit community programs delivering critical preventive, educational, and treatment services.

Funding from this grant will enable the department to expand and enhance their ability to provide vital services to underserved children. Ms. Gayle Gilbaugh and Ms. Cathy Skotowski are the lead investigators with this project.

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Dr. Isabelle Denry is the author of the first and co-author of the third most cited articles in Dental Materials since 2008.

07/03/2013

As of July 1, 2013, Dr. Isabelle Denry, Department of Prosthodontics and Dows Institute for Dental Research, is the author of first and co-author of the third most cited articles in Dental Materials since 2008. The journal's impact factor is 3.773.

According to the Elsevier database Scopus, the number one most cited article, "State of the art of zirconia for dental applications," has been cited 212 times. The second article, "Stabilized zirconia as a structural ceramic: an overview," has been cited 114 times.

Satheesh Elangovan

Dr. Satheesh Elangovan, Department of Periodontics, has received a two-year, $104,625 grant from the Osteology Foundation.

07/03/2013

Dr. Satheesh Elangovan, Department of Periodontics, has received a two-year, $104,625 grant from the Osteology Foundation (Switzerland) for his research project, "A Novel RNA Based Biomaterial for Bone Regeneration." The goal of this research will be to develop a safe and efficient non-viral RNA delivery system in vivo for periodontal and bone regeneration and other orthopedic applications. Co-investigators include Dr. Liu Hong, Dows and Prosthodontics; Dr. Aliasger K. Salem, College of Pharmacy; and Dr. Deborah Dawson, College of Dentistry. Drs. Georgia K. Johnson, Clark M. Stanford, and Michael Kormann (Germany) are consultants in this project.

Drs. Armstrong and Margeas

Drs. Steven Armstrong and Robert Margeas interviewed for a WHO TV news report about dental cavities.

06/12/2013

Dr. Steven Armstrong, head of the Department of Operative Dentistry, and Dr. Robert Margeas, adjunct faculty in the same department, were both interviewed for a news report on dental cavities by WHO television in Des Moines. To watch the news report, go to http://whotv.com/2013/05/06/getting-drilled-dentists-cavity-opinions-can-differ/.

Dr. Arthur Nowak

Dr. Arthur Nowak, professor emeritus of Pediatric Dentistry, offered comments in a CNN Health articles about baby teeth and infant exams.

06/11/2013

Dr. Arthur Nowak, professor emeritus of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, offered comments in a CNN Health article about baby teeth and scheduling appointments for an infant. He noted that a newborn's teeth are already developing under an infant's gums. Because tooth decay is a very common childhood disease, early checkups for infants are important.

A 2010 American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry survey found that 97% of parents were not familiar with the first year, first visit recommendation.

Dr. Axel Ruprecht

Dr. Axel Ruprecht was an external examiner, consultant, and CE presenter at Kuwait University May 26-30.

06/11/2013

Dr. Axel Ruprecht, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology, and Medicine, was an external examiner, consultant, and CE presenter at Kuwait University's dental school May 26-30. As part of a team, Dr. Ruprecht examined seven fifth-year students and three sixth-year students in a comprehensive dental clinic course. He and several other visitors each gave a CE lecture. Dr. Ruprecht's talk was "Vision and Perception."

Dr. Ruprecht also had the opportunity to tour the radiology clinics at Kuwait University.

Dr. Kim Brogden

Dr. Kim Brogden Presents Seminar at the University of Dublin, Ireland.

06/11/2013

Dr. Kim A. Brogden, Dows and Department of Periodontics, visited Dr. Gary Moran, associate professor of microbiology and director of research in the Division of Oral Biosciences, Trinity College School of Dental Science, at the University of Dublin, Ireland. Dr. Brogden also presented a seminar entitled "Human ß Defensin 3 Modulation of Chemokine and Pro-inflammatory Cytokine Responses: It's All in the Timing" to the faculty, staff, and students at the school.

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Dr. Ronald Ettinger, Department of Prosthodontics and Dows, was a keynote speaker at the Linda C. Niessen Geriatric Dentistry Symposium.

06/11/2013

Dr. Ronald Ettinger, Department of Prosthodontics and Dows, was a keynote speaker at the Linda C. Niessen Geriatric Dentistry Symposium: New Treatments, Improved Outcomes. The symposium was held May 31, 2013, at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry and was hosted by the Department of Restorative Sciences.

Dr. Ettinger presented "Dental Treatment of the Frail and Older Patient."

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The 151st Annual Session of the Iowa Dental Association was held May 2-4, 2013, in Coralville, Iowa.

05/14/2013

The 151st Annual Session of the Iowa Dental Association was held May 2-4, 2013, in Coralville, Iowa. Several dental college faculty gave presentations during the meeting. Dr. Bill Johnson, head of Endodontics, presented "Diagnostic Dilemmas in Endodontic Treatment." Dr. Sandra Guzman-Armstrong, Operative Dentistry, presented "Current Concepts of Minimally Invasive Caries Management." Drs. Carrie McKnight and Sherry Timmons, both OPRM, presented "Infection Control Update." Dr. Veeratrishul Allareddy, OPRM, presented "Radiography Renewal Update."

Three alumni of the College of Dentistry received the New Dentist of the Year Award: Dr. Maria Fuller (DDS '06) practices in Corning, Iowa, and is an adjunct faculty in Preventive & Community Dentistry; Dr. Michael Davidson (DDS '09) practices in Urbandale, Iowa; and Dr. Lori Mason (DDS '05) who practices in Parkersburg, Iowa.

Dr. John Arend (DDS '82) and Dr. Brad Kegler (DDS '10), who both practice in Independence, Iowa, each received a Special Recognition Award.

Two alumni received Guest of Honor Awards: Dr. Dave Hennessey (DDS '65) and Dr. Jim Sommers (DDS '52).

Dr. John Montgomery, who served as executive associate dean and professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from 1974-1996, and senior advisor to the dean from 1996-2000, received the Distinguished Service Award.

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 The Geriatric & Special Needs Certificate Program has its first three graduates.

05/09/2013

The inaugural class of the College of Dentistry’s new graduate certificate program in Geriatric and Special Needs Dentistry will include Lindsey Cosper (DDS ’11), Jennifer Hartshorn (DDS ’12), and Abbey Ambroson (DDS ’12).  The new one-year program, in collaboration with disciplines in medicine and psychiatry, prepares dentists to be leaders and teachers in geriatric and special needs dentistry. The program blends clinical and didactic experiences across the continuum of aged care and in settings such as acute, palliative, rehabilitative, and long-term care. The Geriatric and Special Needs Clinics, Geriatric Mobile Dental Unit (GMU), and St. Luke’s Hospital (Cedar Rapids), as well as the UI Hospitals and Clinics, will provide the settings for geriatric and special needs care. The GMU offers onsite dental care with state-of-the-art mobile and portable dental equipment.

Graduate students in the program have the opportunity to collaborate with medical residents and other allied health care professionals to provide a holistic approach to providing care for patients with complex dental and medical needs.

Dr. Howard Cowen, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry, is the director of the certificate program.

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The 2013 James S. Wefel Symposium on Early Childhood Caries (ECC) was held at the College of Dentistry on Friday, April 19, 2013.

05/07/2013

The 2013 James S. Wefel Symposium on Early Childhood Caries (ECC) was held at the College of Dentistry on Friday, April 19, 2013. The symposium began with a welcome, introductions, and a tribute to Dr. Wefel, which were given by Dean David Johnsen and Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Clark Stanford.

Dr. Wefel's family, including his wife, Jan; his son, Jay, wife Kara, and daughter, Sophia; and his second son, Jeff, attended the welcome and introductions. Jan Wefel was presented with a memorial plaque and flowers.

The day-long symposium included several speakers:

Dr. Brian Clarkson, University of Michigan School of Dentistry, who presented “Redefining Cariology.” Dr. Clarkson was a UI College of Dentistry faculty from 1976-1986.

Dr. Kathy Phipps, data and oral health surveillance coordinator consultant, Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, presented “Early Childhood Caries: A View from 20,000 Feet.”

Dr. David Drake, Dows Institute and Department of Endodontics, presented “Demonstration Project – ECC Study in Native American Children.”

Dr. Ann Griffen, Ohio State University, gave a presentation, “The Oral Microbiome and its Role in ECC.”

Dr. Margherita Fontana, University of Michigan, presented “Caries Risk Assessment and its Role in ECC.”

Dr. Norman Tinanoff, University of Maryland, presented “Considerations of Risk Factors Related to Management of ECC.”

Dr. Karin Weber-Gasparoni, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, presented “Role of Behavioral, Social and Psychological Dynamics in ECC.”

Dr. David Quissell, University of Colorado, gave “Preventing Caries in Preschoolers: Testing a Unique Service Delivery Model in American Indian Head Start Programs.”

Dr. James S. Wefel came to the UI College of Dentistry in 1972 after receiving his PhD in physical chemistry from the State University of New York, Buffalo.  He later joined the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and became a research intensive faculty in the Dows Institute for Dental Research.  In 1990, Jim was appointed director of the Center for Clinical Studies and head of the division of cariology. Jim took over directorship of the Dows Institute in 1993, and in 1999, he became administrative director of the Office of Clinical Research.  When the Department of Pediatric Dentistry was searching for a new head in 2007, Jim became interim head of the department.

Jim received his first major grant in 1978 from the National Institute for Dental Research (now NIDCR) to study the kinetics and mechanisms of fluoride.  This grant was later renewed three times.

An intraoral crown model was developed by Dr. Wefel and a former faculty, Dr. Mark Jensen, in 1988 to measure changes in hard tissue lesions in a realistic environment.  This model has been used in more than 20 studies and remains in use today.

During his 40 years at the College of Dentistry, he received NIDCR, NIH, industrial and foundation funding that shaped the future of research at the dental college: an NIDCR short-term training grant, which laid the groundwork for the College of Dentistry’s current dental student research program;  an NIDCR grant, which was later renewed, helped fund the College’s Clinical Core Center for Oral Health Research, the only center in the U.S. to focus on older patients and those who were at high risk for oral disease; an NIH program project grant in 1984 that helped establish the Specialized Caries Research Center; a program project award that was used to study early caries detection and intervention; it was renewed in 2005 for five more years.

As a result of his research on the mechanism of the action of fluoride as well as early caries detection and intervention, Jim Wefel published more than 140 books chapters and journal articles.  He was an invited speaker innumerable times, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Over the years, Jim also mentored more than 80 MS and PhD candidates.

In 2000, Dr. Wefel received the Regent’s Award for Faculty Excellence.  His scientific expertise was also recognized internationally: in 1997 and again in 2010, he received the prestigious International Association for Dental Research Distinguished Scientists E.W. Borrow Memorial Award. Last year, Jim was recognized by the College for his 40 years of service. He died September 1, 2012.

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 Dr. John Warren, Department of the Preventive & Community Dentistry, has been elected to the Board of directors of the American Board of Dental Public Health.

05/07/2013

Dr. John Warren, Department of the Preventive & Community Dentistry, has been elected to the Board of directors of the American Board of Dental Public Health. He will serve a six-year term and during the last year, he will become president of the board.

Dr. Warren has been a member of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry since 1989 and a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health since 1995.

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Dr. Ronald Ettinger, Dows and Department of Prosthodontics, recently received two awards from the Special Care Dentistry.

05/06/2013

Dr. Ronald Ettinger, Dows and Department of Prosthodontics, recently received two awards. He was given the Special Care Dentistry Association's Presidential Citation for his high level of excellence while serving as editor-in-chief of Special Care in Dentistry for 17 years. Dr. Ettinger also received the Special Care Dentistry Association's Saul Kamen Award, which honors individuals demonstrating exemplary leadership and contributions to the advancement of oral healthcare for persons with special needs. The award is named after Dr. Saul Kamen whose dental career focused on improving oral healthcare for individuals with special needs.

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Dr. Cheryl Straub-Morarend, Department of Family Dentistry, has been selected as the recipient of the Dr. John Montgomery, Jim McLeran, Pierre Fauchard Academy Education Fund Award.

04/04/2013

Dr. Cheryl Straub-Morarend, Department of Family Dentistry, has been selected as the recipient of the Dr. John Montgomery, Jim McLeran, Pierre Fauchard Academy Education Fund Award. The $1,000 award will be used for continuing education endeavors.

The fund was established by Dr. and Mrs. Larry Barrett for student tuition or for continuing education of faculty members. Dr. Barrett received his DDS from Iowa in 1944. He had a private practice in Bettendorf, Iowa, and was also an adjunct assistant professor at the UI College of Dentistry.

Dr. John C. Montgomery joined the UI College of Dentistry as a professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery in 1947. He later became executive associate dean and held the post until his retirement in 1997. After receiving his DDS and MS from the University of Missouri, Dr. Montgomery received his certification in oral surgery from Iowa in 1959.

Dr. James H. McLeran served as dean of the UI College of Dentistry from 1974 to 1995. He received his DDS from Iowa in 1957 and his MS in oral surgery in 1962. He joined the UI Department of Oral Surgery in 1963.

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Dr. Haiping Tan Visits the College of Dentistry

04/01/2013

Dr. Haiping Tan, lecturer and coordinator of geriatric dentistry at the University of Adelaide (Australia) visited the College of Dentistry this week to observe the college’s Geriatric Mobile Unit and the Special Care Clinic and program.

As a young child, Dr. Tan was encouraged by her father to pursue dentistry. Dr. Tan received a BDS and also an MS in endodontics from Wuhan University (Wuhan, China) and a PhD in geriatric oral health from the University of Hong Kong.

In 2006, an abstract that Dr. Tan presented at the International Association for Dental Research meeting in Brisbane, Australia, caught the attention of Dr. John Spencer, founder of the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH). In 2007, she was invited to visit the ARCPOH and was offered a position as lecturer and researcher.

Dr. Tan is currently teaching geriatric dentistry to both BDS and BOH (bachelor of oral health) students at the University of Adelaide.

In her spare time, Dr. Tan enjoys playing with her two sons who are four years and 18 months.

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Dr. Ronald Ettinger is IADR Arthur Frechette Award Competition Judge

04/01/2013

Dr. Ronald Ettinger, Department of Prosthodontics and Dows Institute, was a judge for the IADR Arthur Frechette Award competition, which was held in Seattle during the recent meeting of the International Association for Dental Research. New investigators in prosthodontics are encouraged to submit their research to be considered for one of two awards: one for prosthodontics research undertaken with a materials science- or bioengineering-oriented protocol and the other for biological sciences- and tissue engineering-oriented protocol. Each award carries a cash prize of $1,000.

As a judge, Dr. Ettinger looked for originality and scientific design of the research, suitable methods of analysis, and the work’s scientific value. Oral presentations were 10 minutes long, and an additional five minutes was given for questions from the judges and audience.

Dr. Ettinger also attended a conference and workshop, “Developing Pathways for Oral Care in Elders,” which was held in memory of Dr. Asuman Kiyak at the Arctic Club Hotel in Seattle, Washington, on March 24. Dr. Kiyak was a faculty member of the University of Washington School of Dentistry and an adjunct faculty in the psychology and architecture departments at the U WA. She taught dental students about the physical, psychological, social, and cultural aspects of working with aging adults. She taught architecture students how to design homes for elderly people. She was also involved with community outreach. Dr. Ettinger was a guest lecturer in her geriatric dentistry class. The conference was sponsored by Colgate Palmolive in association with the IADR Geriatric Oral Research Group.

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Dr. Brian Mykleby Interviewed in AAE's Communique

04/01/2013

The March 2013 issue of Communiqué, a publication of the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), includes an interview with Dr. Brian Mykleby, adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Endodontics

Dr. Mykleby has been an adjunct clinical instructor for junior dental students for 24 years. He also presents some practice management seminars to endodontic graduate students.

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Dr. Karin Weber-Gasparoni to Become New DEO of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry

03/19/2013

Dr. Karin Weber-Gasparoni will become the new DEO of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, effective April 1. She will replace Dr. Rebecca Slayton who served as department head from 2008 to 2013.

Dr. Weber-Gasparoni received her DDS from the Universidade Estadual de Londrina (Brazil) in 1994 and her MS in dental public health in 2003. In 2003, she received a PhD in oral science from the UI College of Dentistry. In 2007, she became a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Weber-Gasparoni joined the College of Dentistry and Department of Pediatric Dentistry in 2003. She is a director of the Infant Oral Health Program where pediatric dentistry residents and senior dental students provide preventive dental care for infants and toddler. She also sees private patients one day per week at the Center for Disabilities and Development.

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Department of Periodontics Receives AAP Foundation Dr. Charles Finley Visiting Scholar Award

03/19/2013

The College of Dentistry's Department of Periodontics has been selected to receive the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) Foundation's Dr. Charles Finley Visiting Scholar Award. The $1500 award assists periodontics programs in supporting guest speakers who present at the college and in the Department of Periodontics.

Dr. Gustavo Avila-Ortiz prepared the application for the periodontics department to host Dr. Pablo Galindo-Moreno's visit, which occurred February 25 through March 1. He presented a Lunch and Learn on February 27 and also presented an all-day lecture to the Periodontics faculty, adjuncts, residents, and staff on March 1.

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Lisa Hebl Receives Kirkwood's Distinguished Service Award

03/19/2013

Lisa Hebl, an adjunct faculty in the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry and clinical coordinator for Kirkwood Community College's (KCC) dental hygiene program, recently received the Distinguished Service Award from Kirkwood. Lisa, who has been an adjunct faculty at Kirkwood since 1999, was honored for her demonstrated leadership in coordinating KCC's health study abroad program to Guatemala.

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Dr. Julie Holloway Becomes President of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics

03/19/2013

Dr. Julie Holloway, head of the Department of Prosthodontics, is now president of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics. She was inducted as president at the recent AAFP meeting that was held February 22-23, 2013, in Chicago.

Dr. Holloway has previously served as webmaster, vice president and president-elect. She will serve a one-year term as president.

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Hillary Guenther and Chong Shao to Attend the 14th Annual National Oral Health Conference

03/15/2013

Hillary Guenther (D4) and Chong Shao (D3) will be attending the National Oral Health Conference (NOHC), which will be held April 22-24, 2013, in Huntsville, Alabama. This meeting will be the 14th annual joint meeting of the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD).

Hillary's poster presentation will be "Ob/Gyn residents' comfort in addressing oral health as part of prenatal patient care." Co-authors include Dr. Heather A.B. Anaya and Dr. John Warren, who is Hillary's mentor.

Chong Shao's presentation will be "Temporal discounting, risk aversion and dental decisions." Co-authors include Dr. Michelle McQuistan, Prevention and Community; WM Hedgcock; LA Polgreen; Cheryl Straub-Morarend, Family Dentistry; and NM Askelson. Drs. McQuistan and Straub-Morarend are Chong's mentors.

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Drs. Clark Stanford, David Gratton, Ghadeer Thalji, and Satheesh Elangovan Attend AO Meeting

03/15/2013

Drs. Clark Stanford, David Gratton, Ghadeer Thalji, and Satheesh Elangovan, all Department of Prosthodontics faculty, attended the 28th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Osseointegration, which was held March 7-9, 2013, in Tampa, Florida.

Dr. Stanford's keynote presentation, "The Dental Implant: What Are the 'Right' Implants for Today's Indications? Surfaces, Connections, and Flexibility," was telecast worldwide.

Dr. Satheesh Elangovan, an Osseointegration Foundation Clinical Implant Research Grant recipient, presented "The Effect of Obesity on Peri-implant Health: A Cross-Sectional Study."

Dr. David Gratton presented "The Role of CAD/CAM in Contemporary Implant Prosthodontics."

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College of Dentistry Receives LEED Gold Certification for the New Addition

03/15/2013

The College of Dentistry's new west building addition has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The addition qualified for gold certification in five areas: sustainable sites, energy and atmosphere, indoor environment, water efficiency, and materials and resources.

Nationally recognized, LEED is the standard for the design, construction, and operation of ecologically friendly, sustainable buildings. The LEED designation verifies that the addition has been constructed in an environmentally conscious manner.

For more information, visit:  http://sustainability.uiowa.edu/home/dental-services-building-addition-earns-leed-gold/

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Successful 60th Annual Meeting of the Iowa Section of the American Association for Dental Research

03/15/2013

Dean Johnsen and Dr. Clark Stanford, associate dean for research, gave welcome comments during the 60th Annual Meeting of the Iowa Section of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) on February 19. Dr. Steven Vincent, head of Oral Pathology, Radiology, and Medicine, introduced the keynote speaker, Dr. Mark Lingen, from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Lingen's presentation was "Targeting the Angiogenic Phenotype for the Treatment and Prevention of Oral Cancer."

There were 70 abstracts submitted; 68 abstracts were presented at the annual meeting.

The awards banquet was held on the evening of February 19 at the Coralville Holiday Inn. Approximately 115 guests attended.

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Justin Anderson Receives ADAF Predoctoral Dental Student Scholarship

02/28/2013

Justin Anderson (D2) has been selected to receive a $2,500 American Dental Association Foundation (ADAF) Predoctoral Dental Student Scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year.

The ADAF scholarships help pay dental education expenses of second-year academically gifted dental students. Approximately 25 awards are given annually, with amounts up to $2,500.

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Dr. Karin Weber-Gasparoni, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, has received a $43,000 Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation grant.

02/28/2013

Dr. Karin Weber-Gasparoni, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, has received a $43,000 Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation grant for her research project, "Development of Videotaped Oral Health Messages for ECC Prevention Among Low-income, High Risk Infants and Toddlers." The grant funding will help finance the development and production of two videotaped oral health messages that can be used in a larger study to address the impact of the self-determination theory (SDT)-framed intervention on ECC prevention. One videotaped message will be facilitated by the SDT, while the other videotaped message will be delivered in a neutral style. The funding will also be used to invite 20 WIC (Women Infants Children) mothers to watch a previous R21 DE016483-02 videotaped oral health message and take part in a focus group to identify knowledge gaps and discuss their perceptions of the message, particularly the education on cariogenic foods and beverages.

Dr. Weber-Gasparoni is principal investigator. Co-investigators for this continuing research include Derek Blanchette and Dr. Deborah Dawson, Biostatistics Unit; Dr. David Drake, Dows and Endodontics; Dr. Matt Geneser and Gayle Gilbaugh, Pediatric Dentistry; Drs. Teresa Marshall and John Warren, Preventive and Community Dentistry; and Dr. Natoshia Skelson, Community and Behavioral Health, UI Public Policy Center.

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Dr. Satheesh Elangovan Receives a $47,000 ITI Foundation Grant

02/28/2013

Dr. Satheesh Elangovan, Department of Periodontics, has received a $47,000 grant from the International Team for Implantology (ITI) Foundation for his research project, "In vivo Non-viral Based Combinatorial Gene-Delivery System for Bone Regeneration."

The goal of this research will be to develop a safe and efficient non-viral gene delivery system to deliver multiple genes in vivo for periodontal and bone regeneration and other orthopedic applications.

Dr. Elangovan is the principal investigator. Co-investigators include Dr. Liu Hong, Dows and Department of Prosthodontics, and Dr. Aliasger Karimjee Salem, College of Pharmacy.

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Dr. Jorge Garaicoa Receives Best Clinical Poster Presentation Award at the APS Meeting

02/28/2013

Dr. Jorge Garaicoa, a second-year resident in the Department of Prosthodontics, was awarded the best clinical poster presentation during the recent 85th Annual Meeting of the American Prosthodontics society, which was held February 21-22, 2013, in Chicago, IL. His presentation was "Accurate Screw Access Guide for Cement-Retained Implant Crowns." Co-authors on his research include Dr. Ayman Ahmed, graduate fellow, and Dr. Julie Holloway (both Department of Prosthodontics).

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Dr. Deborah Dawson Appointed by the NIA to Serve on the Monitoring Board of the Longevity Consortium

02/12/2013

Dr. Deborah Dawson, Dows Research Institute, has been appointed by the National Institute on Aging to serve on the Monitoring Board of the NIA-supported Longevity Consortium, whose focus is on genetic variants that contribute to exceptionally healthy human longevity. The Consortium extends to both basic and clinical research and has as an important goal the translation of findings from genomics and genetic epidemiology into interventions that promote health human aging.

The charge of the Monitoring Board is to review pilot projects, which are developed within the Consortium through a working group mechanism.

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Delta Dental of Iowa Gives $50,000 Check for Research

02/12/2013

Delta Dental of Iowa has given a monetary gift of $50,000, which will be used for post-doctoral support of a research project, "Analysis of Genotypes of Streptococcus mutans in Iowa and American Indian Children." Dr. David Drake, Dows and Endodontics, is the principal investigator; Drs. Banas, Dows and Pediatric Dentistry; Tad Mabry, Pediatric Dentistry; and Steven Levy, Preventive and Community Dentistry are co-investigators.

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Ms. Penni Ryan Receives Better Futures for Iowans Grant

01/28/2013

Ms. Penni Ryan, director of alumni relations and continuing education (CE), has received $63,795 from the UI Office of Provost to fund a Better Futures for Iowans project at the College of Dentistry. The project will expand life-long learning continuing dental education offerings through distance education and live presentations/ lectures across the state and beyond. The funding will enable the College to purchase videoconferencing equipment to provide distance continuing dental education after hours, in homes, and in offices, for the convenience of the life-long learner. Videos of lectures will also be stored and broadcast throughout the state for scheduled CE courses and/or utilized for home-based study programs through Elluminate or another software program. Additionally, an inVisionCam will be purchased to provide live streaming of surgical procedures from several departments. Augmenting lectures with video footage of actual clinical procedures will enable the dental student or life-long learner to more efficiently comprehend procedures. With this technology, the instructor will be able to communicate and demonstrate procedures to a broader audience and potentially be broadcast off premises to other institutions for learning purposes. The inVisionCam is portable, has an innovative, hands-free camera with a built-in microphone for audio recordings, and will be available for use by all College of Dentistry faculty.

The Better Futures for Iowans project extends University resources to Iowans and addresses an important goal of the University Strategic Plan: to provide better futures for Iowans.

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Chad Allen (D2) Receives 2013 AADR Bloc Travel Grant

01/25/2013

Chad Allen (D2) is one of 48 dental students nationwide to be awarded the 2013 American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Bloc Travel Grant for travel funds to attend the IADR/AADR/CADR General Session and Exhibition in Seattle, Washington, on March 20-23, 2013. Based on the scientific excellence of the abstract he submitted, “Sequencing Analysis of CAPZB, a New Candidate for NSCL/P,” Chad will receive $1,000 to assist with paying for his travel expenses to the conference. He will provide a follow-up report to the AADR containing an evaluation of the meeting and how the program enhanced his career plans to pursue research activities.

This grant was received by the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).

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Project SEALED Will Improve the Oral Health of Allamakee County's Underserved Children

01/25/2013

The UI Office of the Provost’s “Better Futures for Iowans Fund” is providing $148,170 for a collaborative project between the UI College of Dentistry Departments of Preventive & Community Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry, and Operative Dentistry, and the College of Education Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations. This activity, which is supported primarily by the University of Iowa’s Office of the Provost, extends University resources to Iowans and addresses an important goal of the University Strategic Plan—to provide better futures for Iowans.

Project SEALED (Service, Engagement and LifeCareer Education in Dentistry) has created a partnership with Allamakee County to improve the oral health of underserved children, enhance career development for the participating UI faculty and students, and help create a more diversified dental workforce in Iowa.

“This outreach opportunity to the far northeast corner of the state provides University of Iowa dental students with unique educational experiences and communities with much-needed dental care,” said Dr. Dan Caplan, head of the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry. “Our contacts in these communities are excited to be participants in this collaborative effort and have gone out of their way to make it successful.”

The project’s planning began during summer 2012 and the first dentistry visit to Waukon and Postville occurred on December 18-19, 2012. Dental students and faculty saw approximately 100 children in grades kindergarten through second, who were provided with dental screening exams, sealants, fluoride varnish, and dental cleanings as requested by parents. Another 41 children who participate in the Postville Head Start program also received fluoride varnish. “We hope to be able to provide additional services in the future, such as dental restorations and tooth extractions,” added Dr. Caplan.

Although it is a two-year funded project, it is hoped that the partnership can be continued indefinitely.

UI faculty involved with Project SEALED include Drs. Dan Caplan, Michelle McQuistan, and Steven Levy, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry; Drs. Tad Mabry, Rebecca Slayton, and Michael Kanellis, Department of Pediatric Dentistry; Drs. Steven Armstrong, Marcela Hernandez, and Sandra Guzman-Armstrong, Department of Operative Dentistry; and Dr. Saba Ali, Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations in the College of Education.

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Dr. Rebecca Slayton Appointed Oral Health Contributing Section Editor for AAP Grand Rounds

01/17/2013

Dr. Rebecca Slayton, head of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, has been appointed oral health contributing section editor for AAP Grand Rounds. Her term will run from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2015.

In order to serve as a contributing section editor, one must be a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and have submitted two articles to the journal within a one-year period.

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Fourteen West Liberty Middle School Students Visit the College as Project HOPE Participants

01/17/2013

The College of Dentistry provided a simulation experience for fourteen West Liberty Middle School students who are participants of a career education pipeline program for the health sciences, entitled Project HOPE. The students visited the college on Thursday, January 10, 2013, and received a tour led by current dental students. They also participated in a simulation activity filling plastic teeth with composite. Dr. Natalia Restrepo-Kennedy led the instruction with support from Drs. Rodrigo Rocha Maia and Joshua Cohen, all from the Department of Operative Dentistry. Third-year dental student, Matthew Smith, who is the current chair of the Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA), and second-year students Justin Anderson, Matthew Black, Amanda Eckhardt, Angel Hinson, Enrique Howard, Brittany Johansen, and Nicole Major, assisted the visitors under Dr. Restrepo-Kennedy's direction.

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Dr. Michelle McQuistan to Serve on the Healthiest State Initiative - Dental Health Committee

01/04/2013

Dr. Michelle McQuistan, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, will serve on the Healthiest State Initiative - Dental Health Committee. As a committee member, she will assist in  the dental health goal to increase the number of adults who visit a dentist annually. The committee will also plan an oral health message campaign.

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Drs. Steven Levy, Rebecca Slayton, and Jeffrey Murray, and Also Barbara Broffitt Are Co-authors on IADR/AADR Gies Award Publication

01/04/2013

A paper published in a 2011 issue of Journal of Dental Research has been awarded the prestigious Gies Award by the International/American Association for Dental Research. Co-authors include Dr. Steven Levy, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry; Dr. Rebecca Slayton, head of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry; Dr. Jeffrey Murray, Colleges of Medicine and Dentistry; and Barbara Broffitt, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry.

The award will be presented to the recipients at the 2013 AADR meeting in Seattle, Washington.